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Title: An investigation of hot forming quench process for AA6082 aluminium alloys
Author: Mohamed, Mohamed Saad Kamel
ISNI:       0000 0004 2694 2063
Awarding Body: Imperial College London
Current Institution: Imperial College London
Date of Award: 2010
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This thesis is concerned with the mechanical properties and microstructure evolution during the novel solution Heat treatment Forming cold die Quenching (HFQ) process. HFQ is a hot sheet forming technology which incorporates the forming and quenching stages to produce high strength and high precision Al-alloy sheet parts. The work in the thesis divided into three main sections: Firstly, viscoplastic behaviour of AA6082 at different deformation temperatures and strain rates was identified through analysis of a programme of hot tensile tests. Based on the results from the hot tensile tests, a set of unified viscoplastic-damage constitutive equations was developed and determined for AA6082, providing a good agreement with the experimental results. SEM tests were carried out to investigate the damage nucleation and failure features of the AA6082 during hot forming process and the results are discussed. Secondly, the viscoplastic-damage constitutive equations were implemented into the commercial software ABAQUS via the user defined subroutine VUMAT for the forming process simulation. An experimental programme was designed and testing facilities were established for the validation of the FE process modelling results. A fairly good agreement between the process simulation and the experimental results was achieved. This confirms that the established FE process simulation model can be used for hot stamping of AA6082 panel parts. Further process modelling work was carried out to identify the optimal forming parameters for a simplified representation of a panel part. Finally, a precipitation hardening model was developed to predict the post-ageing strength of AA6082 panel parts, having varying amounts of forming-induced plastic strain. The model was tested against results of experiments which were carried out to investigate the effect of pre-deformation on the ageing kinetics of AA6082. The model is shown to fit and can be used to explain changes in the strength of the material. This set of equations was implemented in the VUMAT, in combination with the viscoplastic damage constitutive equation set, to model the whole HFQ process. The FE model was tested with experimental ageing and hardness results providing good agreements, which are discussed in light of the future development of the HFQ process.
Supervisor: Lin, Jianguo Sponsor: Egypt
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral